2019 AIA/HUD Secretary's Award Recipient, Williams Terrace, Charleston, South Carolina, David Baker Architects

Affordable, accessible, and well-designed housing sets important benchmarks in the industry and proves that good design is not exclusive. The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development teams with AIA’s Housing Knowledge Community to celebrate projects that demonstrate these traits.  


  • Architects licensed in the US or any owner of a structure or project.
  • All team, group, or firm projects must credit all who substantially contributed in any capacity (for example, landscape architects and construction firms).


  • New construction, renovations, and restorations are eligible.
  • HUD funding is not a requirement. The use of traditional affordable housing finance mechanisms is not a requirement.
  • Projects must include a housing element, except in the Community-Informed Design category.
  • All submissions must serve low- or mixed-income occupants and users, except in the Alan J. Rothman Award category.​​​​
  • Projects will be subject to review and clearance within HUD to ensure adherence to ethical practices and overall professional conduct. Projects that have previously received a HUD Secretary’s Award in any category are not eligible.​
  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2014.

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Luker Photography